Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion

Director: Jean Renoir Cast: Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
, Pierre Fresnay
Pierre Fresnay
, Erich Von Stroheim
Erich Von Stroheim
, Marcel Dalio
Marcel Dalio
Jean Renoir
Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion

Director: Jean Renoir Cast: Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
, Pierre Fresnay
Pierre Fresnay
, Erich Von Stroheim
Erich Von Stroheim
, Marcel Dalio
Marcel Dalio
Jean Renoir

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Overview

Frequently cited as both one of the greatest films about war and one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion is an often witty, sometimes poignant, frequently moving examination of the futility of war. During World War I, twoFrench airmen are shot down while taking surveillance photographs in German territory: Capt. de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay), a wealthy and aristocratic officer; Lt. Maréchal (Jean Gabin), a burly but intelligent working-class mechanic. The three are brought to a P.O.W. camp, where they encounter and befriend Rosenthal (Marcel Dalio), a prosperous Jewish banker, and the commander, Von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim), takes an immediate liking to de Boeldieu.They are members of the same social class and believe that the political and intellectual ideals of the Europe they once knew will soon be a thing of the past with the rise to power of the proletariat. The three Frenchmen discover that their fellow prisoners have been digging an escape tunnel, and all of them agree to help -- Maréchal and Rosenthal with enthusiasm, de Boeldieu out of a sense of duty. As he puts it, when on a golf course, one plays golf, and while in a prison camp, one tries to escape -- it's the accepted thing to do. As Von Rauffenstein and de Boeldieu become friends, and the rank-and-file soldiers banter as much with the German guards as with each other, the characters seem involved less in a war than in some vast, petty game, albeit one with deadly consequences; they often talk about women and food, while never mentioning political ideology.


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Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
UPC: 0012236114093
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Lions Gate
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 12,272

Special Features

"La Grande Illusion: Success, Controversy" by Olivier Curchod, Cinema Expert and Jean Renoir Specialist; ; "The Original Negative" by Natacha Laurent; "La Grande Illusion" by Ginette Vincendeau, Cinema Professor and film critic ; ; John Truby film presentation; Trailers from 1937 and 1958; Restoring La Grande Illusion

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Gabin Lieutenant Maréchal
Pierre Fresnay Capt. de Boeldieu
Erich Von Stroheim Von Rauffenstein
Marcel Dalio Rosenthal
Dita Parlo Elsa, Farm Woman
Julien Carette The Actor
Jacques Becker An English Officer
Gaston Modot The engineer
Georges Péclet A French Soldier
Claude Sainval Actor
Jean Dasté The Teacher
Sylvain Itkine Demolder

Technical Credits
Jean Renoir Director,Screenwriter
Jacques Becker Asst. Director
Raymond Blondy Production Manager
Joseph DeBretagne Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Kosma Score Composer
Eugène Lourié Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Christian Matras Cinematographer
Raphael Makeup
Marguerite Renoir Editor
Charles Spaak Screenwriter
Vincent Telly Songwriter
Albert Valsien Songwriter

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